Futurist Japanese Artists Show Us Life in the Next Century

Welcome back to MangoBot, a biweekly column about Asian futurism by TokyoMango blogger Lisa Katayama. There's a lot of buzz about Japanese contemporary artists these days. Takashi Murakami's super-cute, superflat alien-like characters are on everything from Louis Vuitton bags to the pages of io9. But he isn't the… » 7/18/08 9:00am 7/18/08 9:00am

Yayoi Kusama's Obsessive Dots Hint at the Future of the Human Mind

78-year old Yayoi Kusama has had a hallucinatory obsession with dots for as long as she can remember. Throughout the hardships she endured as a child—alleged abuse by her mother, suicidal tendencies—all she saw was dots. Vast fields covered with dots, people wearing polka dots, trees wearing polka dots. Instead of… » 1/02/08 7:40am 1/02/08 7:40am